Expats living in Beijing may soon be able to get a China visa for foreigner domestic staff, as authorities consider a rule change.
The Commission of Commerce has said it is weighing a proposal to allow foreign maids and nannies to come to China on work visas and resident permits as long as their employers can provide a personal guarantee.
The permits would last as long as they were working for the original employer.
Such rules have been in place in Shanghai’s Pudong district since 2017.
Elsewhere, expats and Chinese people alike have not been able to hire foreigners since 1996.
This is, of course, except for diplomats, who can pretty much do what they want.
The law, however, was sometimes circumvented by maids, mainly Filipino, coming to China on tourist visas and then applying for extensions or business visas once in the country.
As the quality of life improves in China’s biggest cities and since the one-child rule has been lifted, there is more demand for maids and cleaners.
Filipino maids are in particular demand as they are seen as being hardworking, polite and trustworthy.
They are also often cheaper to employ than their Chinese counterparts.
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